The key objective of RWPF is to drive innovation in WASH sector through technology, developing knowledge products, information sharing, financing, and building the capacity building of those associated with the programme. The platform will support in easy exchange of ideas and enhance communication with the public through national and state government to address important challenges encountered on ground.
The work within the RWPF has been categorized into 12 themes as below:
- Water Quality Management
- Capacity Building
- Source Sustainability
- Faecal Sludge Management
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
- Plastic Waste Management
- Grey Water Management
- Operation & Maintenance (O&M), WASH in institutions & Gender
- IoT & Cloud based computing
- Innovation and R&D including use of Technologies, and
- Information, Education & Communication
Each of the thematic area will be led by a development partner as the Thematic Lead. The Lead Partner will support the Department in the successful implementation of the flagship programme. In addition to it, the development partner will lead the activity in the States/ UTs where they are already working or has activities/ projects on ground. These select few agencies as termed State Leads. The State Leads will be the one-point contact for the States/ UTs who will in turn communicate with other partners in the Forum for any collaboration, activity, campaign to enable ease of working.
Rural WASH Partners’ Forum has been set up by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) in collaboration with KPMG India to act as the Platform Coordinator. The RWPF Secretariat in Delhi works with DDWS at Ministry of Jal Shakti and is managed by KPMG India. It provides targeted assistance and knowledge sharing for the department to accelerate the SBM-G and JJM programmes to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 and 6.2.